Pt thomas death reason, the deputy president of the Kerala Congress and an MLA from the Thrikkakara seat in Ernakulam district, died on Wednesday at the Vellore Medical College. Where he’d been receiving cancer treatment for the past several weeks. He was 71 at the moment.
Thomas was a passionate, outspoken Congressman. Who was noted for his impassioned rants against opposition organizations such as the Communist Party of India. His statements in the Kerala Assembly, in which he often criticized the current Pinarayi Vijayan-led administration. And leveled corruption claims against officials and politicians, were closely scrutinized.
On a Congress party, he got voted to the Idukki district’s Thodupuzha seat in 1991 and 2001. He was a Parliamentarian representing the Idukki seat from 2009 to 2014. In 2016, he relocated to Thrikkakara, an urban and diversified seat in Ernakulam district. Wherein he gained two consecutive Legislative elections in 2016 and 2021.
Especially In the most recent reorganization of the state unit of Congress, Thomas was named deputy president of the committee. As a person of strong convictions, he stood apart. He was renowned as a revolutionary leader within the Congress for taking progressive and secular positions on all subjects. He was unafraid and go against the Church, though it meant jeopardizing his voting base.
In fact, after provoking the fury of the town’s influential Catholic Church. Although He was refused a ticket to run in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Idukki. Most notably, he chastised Pala Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt of the Syro-Malabar Church for saying that young Christian women are falling victim to “love and narcotics jihad.”
Moreover Thomas was very well for his environmentalist beliefs. And he frequently spoke out against projects that posed a harm to natural spaces. When mass demonstrations against the implementation of the Gadgil and Kasturirangan committee recommendations occurred in the upper ranges of Idukki. Thomas had shown the courage to speak up for nature.